Manchester sixth form wins green award

The Loreto sixth form college in Manchester has bagged a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) sustainability award. Work on the building, which is on a former brownfield site was carried out by Ellis and Kennedy and was mostly funded by a grant from the Learning and Skills Council, Green Building Press reports. Low-carbon technologies feature throughout the award -winning structure including solar panels, ground heat pumps and a waste heat reclaim system. Sheila Mackenzie from BREEAM remarked: “The key to achieving the BREEAM Excellent on this project was the commitment to sustainability by the design team at an early stage and throughout the design process.” She added that she thought the scheme was successful because the group incorporated new ideas throughout the assignment. A town centre in Cornwall recently bagged a BREEAM prize for its eco-friendly approach to construction and locally-sourced materials were used along with a rainwater harvesting system.

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